Jackson Strikes

Jackson Strikes (HM5BK)

Location: Gainesville, VA 20155 Prince William County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 48.837', W 77° 33.902'

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Brawner Farm: The Battle Begins

— Second Battle of Manassas - Day One - August 28, 1862 —

Union troops were approaching from the west, raising a long cloud of dust on Warrenton Pike. They did not suspect any Confederate infantry in the area and paid little attention to a lone cavalryman trotting back and forth along this ridge. The horseman was Confederate Maj. Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson.

Though Maj. Gen. John Pope's army had been hunting Jackson, Jackson had chosen the time and place to fight. He ordered up artillery to the left of the farmhouse and the Confederates started shelling the troops in the road.

Walk the opposing battle lines to see how the fighting developed. Eyewitness accounts on troop location markers describe the point-blank musket fire. (Allow approximately 1 hour for the 1.2 mile loop trail.) For a shorter tour, walk fifty yards ahead where an exhibit gives the Union view of the battle.

Instead of panicking, the Midwesterners turned to meet the attack. The 2nd Wisconsin scrambled into line on the far edge of Brawner's orchard. The 19th Indiana emerged from the woods, where they had first taken cover, and were advancing upslope toward the Stonewall Brigade here at the fence line.
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Date Added Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 9:38pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 277292 N 4299256
Decimal Degrees38.81395000, -77.56503333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 48.837', W 77° 33.902'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 48' 50.22" N, 77° 33' 54.12" W
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Area Code(s)703
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1819-1845 Confederate Line Tour Route, Gainesville VA 20155, US
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